Facebook bootcamp to switch domain?

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Mar 11, 2018 16 Comments

Got an offer for E5 of 350k total comp in Seattle. Have about 10 years of experience in C++ and mobile development. Dream about moving towards AI/ML.

Thinking about joining some ML team (ideally Caffe2, ONNX, etc) at Facebook after the bootcamp, since I can pick any team, AFAIK. Have almost no prior ML exposure, but would love to learn and work hard. Any suggestions? How does that plan sound?

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  • Facebook vwGt47
    Do an awesome job on bootcamp tasks
    Mar 11, 2018 8
    • Lyft Lyftsoft
      Xkb, what team is that?
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Facebook xkbvc
      Sorry lyftsoft pii
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Microsoft Linkedin
      OP
      And what usually happens to those w/o prior experience? They fail the assignment and you come to a conclusion it’s not a great fit? Any success/failure stories?
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Facebook xkbvc
      To be honest, we do not even consider someone without significant prior ML experience.
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Facebook ohhaiyo
      I do imagine it'll depend somewhat on the team. There are some where they'll have ML-lite-ish type roles -- you'll mostly be pipelining data but will probably get the chance to train a classifier or two.

      Getting exposed to the deep stuff will be mostly on your own time, but it'll be a chance to get some exposure. (In particular I'm thinking of integrity teams here.)
      Mar 12, 2018
  • Facebook xkbvc
    The team has to pick you too. In general it is very hard to get into a ML team without significant prior experience. ML infra teams might be more open to it if you have solid infra background.
    Mar 11, 2018 0
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    mrballz@fb

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    mrballz@fbmore
    AFAIK ML people are pre-allocated, at least all ML people in my bootcamp cohort were.

    That said, so far my impression is that nothing is impossible career-wise as long as you can convince people that you will be able to do the work.
    Mar 11, 2018 2
    • Facebook xkbvc
      I have seen a lot of unallocated folks coming thru the ML pipeline.
      Mar 11, 2018
    • Facebook thatBitch
      There's a lot of unallocated ML people in bootcamp
      Mar 17, 2018
  • Facebook sunday!
    Ping me, I work in a infra team with some science stuff. Manager is flexible with people with these kind of interests.
    Mar 11, 2018 1
    • Google Facebook
      What’s infra and what kind of work they do?
      Mar 11, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng ohboi
    You're not up to par to be an E5 working on ML/AI. Work on another team and teach yourself the basics then transfer after a year.
    Mar 12, 2018 0